COVID-19 Resource Information
COVID-19 is still a lingering threat to the well being of Georgia although there have been great strides made in testing. Social distancing, face masks and hand washing are just three of the recommended ways to fight the spread of COVID-19. This page includes links to resources that may clarify some of the questions surrounding what is allowed and what is not allowed as businesses begin to resume operations.
April 23, 2020 Executive Order
- Effective from May 1, 2020 at 12:00 A.M. until June 12, 2020 at 11:59 P.M., all residents and visitors of the State of Georgia shall practice Social Distancing. All residents and visitors of the State of Georgia are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings as practicable while outside their homes or place of residence, except when eating, drinking, or exercising outdoors. All residents and visitors of the State of Georgia shall practice sanitation in accordance with the guidelines published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read the complete Executive Order for April 23, 2020 here and Executive Order for April 30, 2020 here.
- Per the Executive Order issued on April 30, 2020, the Public Health State of Emergency shall terminate on Friday, June 12, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. unless it is renewed by the Governor.
- Sheltering in Place, as defined in Section III of the Executive Order from April 23, 2020, is in effect until Friday, June 12, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. The following groups of people must continue to Shelter in Place until that time:
- Those persons who are 65 years of age or older.
- Those persons who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility, including inpatient hospice, assisted living communities, personal care homes, intermediate care homes, community living arrangements, and community integration homes.
- Those persons who have chronic lung disease.
- Those persons who have moderate to severe asthma.
- Those persons who have severe heart disease.
- Those persons who are immunocompromised. Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medication.
- Those persons, of any age, with class III or severe obesity.
- Those persons diagnosed with the following underlying medical conditions: diabetes, liver disease, and persons with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis.
The complete Shelter in Place guidelines start at the bottom of page 4 through the bottom of page 6 on the Executive Order from April 23, 2020.
This measure will apply statewide and will be the operational standard in all jurisdictions. This means local action cannot be taken that is more or less restrictive.
May 28, 2020 Executive Order
- On May 28, 2020, Governor Kemp issued a new Executive Order renewing the State of Emergency until Sunday, July 12, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. To read the Executive Order, click here. A few key points from this Executive Order include:
- All residents and visitors to the State of Georgia shall practive social distancing and are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering when in public.
- There should be no more than 10 patrons in a restaurant per 300 square feet. Restaurants must follow the 39 stipulations set forth in Section IV of this document.
- Amusement parks should not begin operation until June 12, 2020.
- Implementation of safety measures for any summer camp including summer overnight camps (starting on page 29 of Order).
***The State is interpreting requirement No. 17 to require that such businesses provide the option of an alternative point of sale outside of the building, including curbside pick-up or delivery. If such an option is provided, and all other 19 requirements are complied with, the business is allowed to operate with customers inside.
Access the below websites for more information on COVID-19, sheltering in place and other possible questions about COVID-19 in Georgia:
Shelter in Place Executive Order Condensed
UPDATED APRIL 20, 2020
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